CBD Oil is available online and people who have bought it are freaking out thinking if they have done something illegal. Read on to know if one is allowed to buy cannabidiol in our country or not. – What is CBD Oil And Will You be Jailed For Buying it? New Findings in SSR Case Put Common Man in a Fix CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. The two main active substances in it are cannabidiol or CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. Once a taboo, CBD has recently become mainstream. For that reason, we’ve prepared a list of the most commonly visited countries that allow you to travel with your CBD.
What is CBD Oil And Will You be Jailed For Buying it? New Findings in SSR Case Put Common Man in a Fix
CBD Oil is available online and people who have bought it are freaking out thinking if they have done something illegal. Read on to know if one is allowed to buy cannabidiol in our country or not.
If you are watching television or reading news, you must have come across the word Cannabidiol, better known as CBD oil. For the averse, in a Whatsapp chat between actor Rhea Chakraborty (prime accused in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case) and Jaya Saha (SSR’s former manager), there was a mention of CBD oil, that later became a talking point. Also Read – Brucellosis Outbreak: Read Why India Needs to Take Precautions Right Away
“A 2019 study on substance abuse by the Ministry of Social Justice estimated that 2.8 percent of Indians consume cannabis. That comes to around 3 crore Indians. Delhi and Mumbai are among the highest cannabis consuming cities in the world,” reported the Print. Further, cannabis in India was legal until the year 1985 and was banned under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985. However, a few contents extracted from cannabis are still legal and come with certain guidelines of usage. Also Read – Brucellosis Outbreak in China Affects Over 3000 People: Know All About This Highly Contagious Disease
The mention of CBD oil in the WhatsApp chats retrieved by the NCB has sent the common men in a tizzy. The CBD oil is easily available online and many people can buy it without presenting any prescription by the doctor. With more people from the film industry coming under NCB’s radar, here are a few things that a common man needs to know about buying or procuring CBD oil or whether you can be landed in legal trouble because of it. Also Read – Nearly 6 Crore People in India Are Addicted to Alcohol, Cannabis: Report
What is CBD Oil?
CBD Oil has medicinal properties and is used for its pain-relieving effects, reducing anxiety and depression. As per Harvard research, CBD is a component of Marijuana and it does not cause high. CBD oil is a 40% extract of the Cannabis plant. In fact, CBD oil is legal in India and other countries too. According to reports, India is one of the biggest consumers of CBD oil.
Will you be jailed for buying CBD oil?
A report in Times of India suggested that cannabidiol (CBD oil) helps in relieving health problems if taken in the prescribed amount. It also helps in anxiety, depression, joint pains, insomnia, and some heart-related issues. The daily reported that only CBD products extracted from hemp are legal to buy and use in our country. However, any of these products with the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) content higher than 0.3 per cent will fall in the category of cannabis and will turn illegal under the NDPS act. The major issue with many products that are being sold online is that they don’t mention the content description and there’s no way of finding out if the product carries THC content higher or lower than 0.3 per cent.
Answering the same query, advocate Ayaz Khan told the daily, “I got a lot of queries from various clients, friends because of the media frenzy. My team found that this oil may not be covered as an offence under the NDPS Act.”
So while the usage of CBD oil is not illegal and you can’t be imprisoned, it’s advisable that you check twice with your doctor before its usage and not go buying it without being sure about the guidelines under the NDPS act.
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Explained: What is CBD oil? What are the legalities of its use in India?
CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. The two main active substances in it are cannabidiol or CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.
Earlier this week, late actor Irrfan Khan’s wife Sutapa Sikdar made an appeal to legalise CBD oil in India. Her appeal followed the criticism of actor Rhea Chakrabaorty after it was reported that she had administered CBD oil, used as a pain reliever for some, to Sushant Singh Rajput when he was alive. What is CBD oil? What are its effects? Is its use and consumption legal in India?
What is CBD oil?
CBD oil is an extract from the cannabis plant. The two main active substances in it are cannabidiol or CBD and delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The high that is caused by the consumption of cannabis is due to THC. CBD, however, does not cause a “high” or any form of intoxication. CBD oil is made by extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, then diluting it with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
What are the effects of Cannabidiol?
Cannabidiol has effects on the brain, preventing the breakdown of a chemical that aggravates pain and affects mood, and mental function. It can reduce pain and anxiety. It also reduces psychotic symptoms associated with conditions such as schizophrenia as well as epilepsy.
How is CBD oil used?
CBD is extracted from marijuana plants as either an oil or powder. These can be mixed into creams or gels. They can be put into capsules and taken orally, or rubbed on your skin. All topicals (cannabis-infused products) should be applied directly to the site of inflammation or pain to work in a specific area.
To Which Countries Can You Travel With CBD?
Once a taboo, CBD has recently become mainstream. Its health benefits and soothing properties are getting more and more recognition each day. As one of its consumers, you certainly know what we’re talking about.
However, traveling with your CBD aid kit can sometimes be bothersome, since not all countries are CBD-friendly. For that reason, we’ve prepared a list of the most commonly visited countries that allow you to travel with your CBD.
Where Can You Take CBD Legally?
1. North America
North America, like Europe, has quite loose policies for CBD. In the United States, 47 out of 50 states allow CBD in some form. The only three states where CBD is still illegal are Iowa, Idaho, and South Dakota.
In Canada, as of 2018, it is legal to use CBD for both medical and recreational purposes. Mexico, on the other hand, allows only medical CBD usage. Aside from Jamaica and Costa Rica, where CBD is not legal but is decriminalized, all other North American countries prohibit its usage.
The Asian continent is famous for its countries’ strict policies and laws. Therefore, taking your CBD to Russia, Singapore, or Japan could be a bad idea — penalties range from head-spinning fines to jail time. China, on the other hand, has a booming CBD industry, but deems illegal any usage, selling, or buying of CBD in the country.
In fact, there are only a few Asian countries that are CBD-friendly, including:
- India – Just like you can buy bhang, a popular form of cannabis in India, you can also purchase CBD oils. They are completely legal and you can bring them with you irrespectively of your medical condition.
- South Korea – Although CBD is a common ingredient of topical products in South Korea, you cannot use it for recreational purposes. You can bring CBD to South Korea only if you have medical reasons for that.
- Thailand – You can bring your CBD into the country only if you have a permit from FDA Thailand. The permit allows you a maximum of a 30-day supply of CBD for personal use.
Unlike the countries of Asia, most European countries have looser policies regarding CBD. Countries that allow CBD include:
- The United Kingdom – If your CBD product matches the laws of the UK, you can bring it into the country. CBD products must not contain any THC, and they must be safe for human consumption.
- Germany – As long as the CBD product contains less than 0.2% of THC, you can safely bring it into the country.
- France – CBD is legal in France only under certain conditions. One of them is that the product contains 0% THC. Any trace of THC and the product will be regarded as a narcotic by the authorities.
- The Netherlands – If your CBD contains less than 0.05% of THC, you can safely bring it to the Netherlands.
In the African continent, the CBD market is still non-existent. Therefore, it is incredibly difficult to find out which laws apply there. Although many witnesses said that smoking cannabis is frequent across Africa, it is still not clear whether it is illegal or not.
However, South Africa is the only country in Africa that clarified its position and laws on CBD. In May 2019, South Africa changed its medicines law, which now allows you to consume 20 milligrams of CBD per day. Additionally, it must contain less than 0.001% of THC and less than 0.0075% of total CBD.
Australia was one of the countries in which different states had different laws regarding CBD. Fortunately, as of 2020, the usage of CBD for medical purposes is legal, as long as it contains less than 2% of other cannabinoids. However, you can possess or buy CBD only with a medical prescription.
6. Central and South America
Similar to Africa, laws, and regulations regarding CBD in Central and South America are quite unclear. However, there are a few countries that consider CBD to be legal, including:
- Mexico – It is legal to take your CBD across the Mexican-American border. But the label on your CBD has to confirm that it is a hemp-derived product.
- Colombia – If your product has less than 1% THC by dry weight product, it is safe for usage in Colombia.
- Costa Rica – Another country with a limitation on THC percentage. If the product contains less than 0.3% THC, it is safe to take it across the border.
- Brazil – As one of the largest CBD markets in the world, Brazil allows bringing CBD oil across the border. However, it cannot contain more than 0.2% THC.
There is no doubt that the favorable effects of CBD are increasingly getting noticed around the world. As seen above, many countries already understand consumers’ demands.
Because of that, we firmly believe that traveling with your CBD will soon be safe anywhere in the world. Until then, we hope our list can help you with the preparations for your next trip!